MBDA Naval Cruise Missiles Successfully Performed a Simultaneous Firing

The French Navy (Marine nationale) has successfully fired MBDA’s Naval Cruise Missiles (NCM, or Missile de Croisière Naval (MdCN)) simultaneously from both the multi-mission frigate Aquitaine (FREMM ASM) and a nuclear-powered attack submarine (Suffren class), with the missiles striking the same target at the same time with pinpoint accuracy as part of training exercises.

This double firing was performed on the 18th April 2024, with the technical support of the French Armament General Directorate (DGA).

Eric Béranger, CEO of MBDA, said:“Congratulations to the French Navy’s officers, non-commissioned officers and mariners engaged on this very first synchronized firing of NCMs from a multi-mission frigate and from a nuclear-powered attack submarine. This success, a first of its kind, demonstrates the capability offered by NCM in the current context of strategic competition and high intensity warfare, as well as the outstanding ability of the French Navy to perform a complex strike from the sea. The double firing is a clear illustration of the partnership for excellence between MBDA’s teams of experts, the French Navy and DGA to ensure battle-readiness.”

NCM offers the ability to strike a wide range of targets with very high terminal accuracy at very long stand-off ranges. It is the only European very long-range naval cruise missile launched from both submersed submarines and surface warships, day or night in any weather conditions.

Derived from combat proven air-launched Storm Shadow/SCALP long range deep strike missiles, NCM has some specific modifications including, extended range, a new generation of GNSS capability, highly accurate time-on-target (TOT) capability and a radar cross section (RCS) reduction design. NCM offers unmatched penetration deep into hostile territory with high survivability, guaranteeing mission success.

With NCM and MBDA’s industrial capabilities, France belongs to an exclusive club of countries capable of firing cruise missiles from, and below, the surface of the sea.

MBDA is spirally developing the capabilities of NCM to keep its performance at the forefront of deep strike capability, and on its integration onto additional platforms. MBDA is actively engaged in several international export campaigns for NCM, offering to its customers an outstanding cruise missile for the coming decades.

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